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Maj. William Mendel, 20th Special Operations Squadron and Brig. Gen. William Holt, Air Force Special Operations Command director of operations, Hurlburt Field, Fla., stand at attention as Mendel’s Distinguished Flying Cross citation is read at its ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 15, 2017. Mendel flew the CV-22 Osprey during the mission, and safely recovered his aircraft, crew and passengers despite severe damage received from heavy gunfire. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lane T. Plummer)
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